|Birth: ||Oct. 26, 1877|
|Death: ||Jan. 12, 1952|
Obituary from the Fort Wayne, Indiana, News-Sentinel:
Dr. Ross Franklin Lockridge, Sr.
Fort Wayne, Jan. 14--Dr. Ross Franklin LOCKRIDGE, Sr., 74, writer and lecturer on Indiana and Midwest history, died Saturday night in Bloomington Hospital.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the First Metodist [sic] Church of Bloomington. The body will be brought to Fort Wayne for burial with graveside services at 4 p.m. Tuesday in Lindenwood Cemetery.
Mr. Lockridge had been ill with heart disease for about a year, but was taken to the hospital only Saturday. His most recent book was "The Story of Indiana," adopted less than a year ago as an eighth grade textbook in this state.
He also wrote "How Government Functions in Indiana," "George Rogers Clark," "A. Lincoln," "The Hoosier Township Trustee," and "LaSalle," among others.
A native of Miami County, he was born in 1877 and attended Roann High School. He worked his way through Indiana University by teaching, taking his Bachelor of Arts Degree in 1900 and the Bachelor of Laws Degree in 1907. One of the first I.U. winner[s] of the Phi Beta Kappa key, he received an honorary degree of Doctor of Letters in 1938 from Lincoln Memorial University of Harrowgate, Tenn.
He was principal of Peru High School in 1903.
In 1907 he opened a law office in Shawnee, Okla., and served as a police judge, county judge and public defender of Oklahoma before returning to Indiana in 1913.
A short time later he became affiliated with Wayne Knitting Mills as employment manager and welfare director. He had also been an extension lecturer for Indiana University and for a number of years was field extension secretary but was not connected with the institution at the time of his death. He was widely known for his lectures and his "Campfire Talks" in which he dramatized pioneer days for outdoor audiences.
During the depression he was state director of the Federal Writers Project and from 1935 to 1937 was director of the Hoosier Memorial Activities under the Indiana University Foundation. He also was active in the restoration project at New Harmony, and was known throughout the state for historical "on the spot" lectures.
His son, Ross F. LOCKRIDGE, Jr., won critical praise as a novelist after writing "Raintree County" published in 1948. The young man was found dead of carbon monoxide poisoning in his garage in March, 1949 [sic - Ross Lockridge, Jr. died March 6, 1948]. [Another son, Robert Bruce LOCKRIDGE, died of drowning in 1919 and is buried in Lindenwood Cemetery.]
Survivors include his wife, Elsie SHOCKLEY LOCKRIDGE, two children Shockley LOCKRIDGE of Park Forest, Ill., and Lillian Louise LOCKRIDGE of Bloomington and six grandchildren.
Dr. Lockridge had many friends throughout Rochester and Fulton county. For the past several years he gave lectures in both Fulton and Marshall counties on historical events which occurred in these vicinities.
Among his more recent talks here were those on the Chippewanaung site and the Evacuation of the last tribes of Indians during the 1830's from their camp along the Tippecanoe river north of Rochester. Large classes of teachers and students attended these interesting talks given by this well-known Indiana historian.
Elsie Lillian Shockley Lockridge (1880 - 1961)
Ross Franklin Lockridge (1914 - 1948)*
Plot: Lot 163, Section K
Created by: Michael Walter
Record added: Jan 25, 2005
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